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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers - Spokane Conservative | Examiner.com

Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers - Spokane Conservative | Examiner.com: In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers.

The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare

In Weekly Address Obama Takes Credit for US Oil Boom …That He Had Nothing to Do With | The Gateway Pundit

In Weekly Address Obama Takes Credit for US Oil Boom …That He Had Nothing to Do With | The Gateway Pundit

However, the truth is that Barack Obama actually cut oil and gas permits since he came into office. In fact he has the worst record on granting permits than any president in recent years.
gas leases obama
The Institute for Energy Research
And, Fossil Fuel Production on Public Lands Is At 10 Year Low–
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its report in June on, Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced on Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 Through FY 2012. The report shows that total fossil fuel production on federal lands is at a ten year low, natural gas production on federal lands is also at a ten year low, and oil production on federal land fell in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 ending two years of increase in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine - Imam Mahdi (a.s) and Those Who Deny Him

International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine - Imam Mahdi (a.s) and Those Who Deny Him: 1. Ibne Khaldun
In a chapter of his Muqaddimah, Ibne Khaldun has brought the traditions of the Holy Prophet (a.s) narrated by the narrators and he has endeavored to prove that all these traditions are baseless. The great scholar and teacher, Ahmad Shakir has written a refutation of Ibne Khaldun and said:
“However Ibne Khaldun has taken up a subject about which be has no knowledge and spoke of a matter regarding which he had no proficiency. Ibne Khaldun was involved in political affairs and was busy in the service of the rulers. Therefore he conjectured that the subject of His Eminence, Imam Mahdi (a.s) was a Shiite belief or he has put himself in doubt regarding this matter. On the basis of this, be has written a long chapter in his well-known Proglamena. (Chapter on Fatimids or that which the people did unto them).”
The teacher, Ahmad Shakir, in refutation of Ibne Khaldun’s skepticism writes that his denial with regard to the Awaited Imam (a.s) is denial of a necessary principle of religion, because the traditions of the Holy Prophet (a.s) about His Eminence, Imam Mahdi (a.s) reach to the level of widely-related (Tawatur) and there is no scope of doubt in them.

35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam

35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making ScamCollege education in America is a bad joke. Instead of preparing the next generation of leaders for the jobs of tomorrow, the college education “industry” has become a giant money making scam. We constantly preach to our high school students that they “need” to go to college and we tell them to not even worry about how much it is going to cost because a college education is “always” worth the money. Then we lend them outrageous amounts of money so that they can pay the gigantic bills for the “education” that they are receiving. But the truth is that the quality of education at America’s colleges and universities is absolutely abysmal these days. I spent 8 years at U.S. universities, and most of the courses that I took could have been passed by the family dog. Sadly, once our young people graduate they quickly discover that there are way too many college graduates and not nearly enough good jobs. Today, we have millions upon millions of young Americans that are enslaved to student loan debt for the rest of their lives. They were promised a bright future, but instead most of them are discovering that they are going to be working really hard to pay off financial predators for decades to come. Unfortunately, for most college graduates a diploma is simply a ticket to a crappy job and a lifetime of debt slavery.

Prosecute HealthCare.gov? | National Review Online

Prosecute HealthCare.gov? | National Review Online
Prosecute HealthCare.gov?
The FTC has rules about deceptive advertising. But they don’t apply to the government.
By Andrew Stiles

Amtrak Loses Tens of Millions from Free Food

Amtrak Loses Tens of Millions from Free Food: Amtrak’s millions of dollars lost on food and beverage service last year were almost completely due to offering free meals on its long-distance trains. The taxpayer-supported company lost $72 million from food-service last year, according to testimony offered by Inspector General Ted Alves to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

Alves testified, “Amtrak’s operating losses on food and beverage services have been a long-standing issue, and they contribute directly to the need for federal subsidies to support operations.”

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America: Chinese demographers estimate that the number of people above the age of 60, which now accounts for 14.3 percent of the population according to official figures, will skyrocket to a third of the population by 2050.
Facing 'demographic collapse'

Analysts say the decision announced Friday is not enough to reverse the kind of demographic aging they say threatens the Chinese economy.

"China estimates that the new measure will only result in 1 to 2 million more children," Economy said. "It's not what I would call transformational."

China expert Gordon C. Chang said China may see a weakened workforce and a large fraction of the population dependent on social services before 2050. The policy change, he said, is simply "too little, too late."

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America: Mao had been a proponent of unrestricted reproduction, vehemently arguing against fellow Communist Party leaders who had advocated for restrictions to curb overpopulation and urban crowding.

"The more people we are, the stronger we are," he famously said.

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America: Beijing's new policy serves to slightly check the power of local officials policing reproduction. The move comes amid President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign, which has targeted a number of high-profile officials for bribes and embezzlement as a means of tempering popular resentment over corruption in the public sector.

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America

China's new family planning policy 'too little, too late' | Al Jazeera America: For Edward Du, the youngest of five children born in a small county in China's northeastern Shandong Province, Friday’s announcement that Beijing will ease the controversial one-child policy means a blow to local family planning officials, infamous for enforcing the policy with everything from heavy fines to forced abortions.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Laozi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Laozi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul unite to increase Fed transparency - Texas on the Potomac

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul unite to increase Fed transparency - Texas on the Potomac: Two possible 2016 presidential candidates are coming together to support a bill to increase transparency within the Federal Reserve.
Statistics show that older, Republican men are most favorable towards Cruz. AP Photo

Ted Cruz supports a full audit of the Federal Reserve. AP Photo

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is showing support for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s legislation that would allow a full audit of the Federal Reserve. The legislation would also eliminate the current audit restriction.

“I agree with Rand Paul,” Cruz wrote in a statement Wednesday. “We need to bring transparency to the Fed, so the American people can understand the scope and consequences of its policies.”

Twitter / sjfalcigno: Ya know I was thinking,since ...

Twitter / sjfalcigno: Ya know I was thinking,since ...


Thus Spake Obama | National Review Online

Thus Spake Obama | National Review Online: Thus Spake Obama
The incompetence of our neo-monarchy
By Mark Steyn

Criminalizing America | Militia News

Criminalizing America | Militia News: While some criminal laws and sanctions are certainly necessary to protect public safety and ensure justice, many laws ensnare individuals who engage in ordinary activities they had no reason to suspect were criminal. Policymakers can help stem the tide of overcriminalization by requiring proof of criminal intent before charging an individual with a crime.

No Inflation To See Here... | Zero Hedge

No Inflation To See Here... | Zero Hedge

This lawless era | RedState

This lawless era | RedState: No one really takes Obama’s “fix” seriously – even left-wingers know he’s just making a political move, trying to shift blame onto the insurance companies and reassure terrified Democrats that he’s got a strategy for keeping them alive through the 2014 elections.

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: During the 19th century a thriving literature developed, in what was called the Rexurdimento (Resurgence), of the Galician language.[29] It was headed by three main authors: Rosalia de Castro, an intimist poet; Eduardo Pondal, of nationalist ideology, who championed a Celtic revival; and Manuel Curros Enríquez, a liberal and anticlerical author whose ideas and proclamations were scandalous for part of the 19th-century society.

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The lexicon of the language is predominantly of Latin extraction, although it also contains an important number of words of Germanic and Celtic origin, among other substrates and adstrates, having also received, mainly through Spanish and Portuguese, a sizeable number of nouns from the Arabs who in the Middle Ages governed southern Iberia.

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Galician language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Galician is part of the same family of languages as the Portuguese language, and both share a common origin. The shared Galician-Portuguese lyric (13th–14th centuries) was among the most remarkable literature produced in Europe in the Middle Ages. The standards of Portuguese and Galician dialects started to diverge in the 13th and 14th centuries

Meet the Giant-Buxomed Mannequins of Venezuela | National Review Online

Meet the Giant-Buxomed Mannequins of Venezuela | National Review Online: Frustrated with the modest sales at his small mannequin factory, Eliezer Álvarez made a simple observation: Venezuelan women were increasingly using plastic surgery to transform their bodies, yet the mannequins in clothing stores did not reflect these new, often extreme proportions.

The President Is Losing His Plan | National Review Online

The President Is Losing His Plan | National Review Online: The immediate purpose of the step the administration announced was, ironically, pretty much the same one that moved the president to falsely claim for three years that anyone who liked his insurance plan would be able to keep it: to calm down congressional Democrats and keep them unified. The president moved to permit insurers to renew plans that do not comply with Obamacare’s requirements because it looked like legislative proposals to do that were going to win the votes of large numbers of Democrats in both houses, and so effectively fracture the gritted-teeth Democratic unity that has been the only thing sustaining the cause of Obamacare in our politics since before the law was enacted.

'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series' Casts 'Terminator' Robert Patrick & More

'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series' Casts 'Terminator' Robert Patrick & More: El Rey Network

Japan slashes: Forget a 25% cut in CO2 emissions, now the target is a 3% rise! « JoNova

Japan slashes: Forget a 25% cut in CO2 emissions, now the target is a 3% rise! « JoNova: Japan, third largest economy in the world, and the land of Kyoto itself, has dumped their ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 25% by 2020. Now they warn that their emissions may rise instead.

Twitter / GovWaste: 222 GOP and 39 DEM vote YES ...

Twitter / GovWaste: 222 GOP and 39 DEM vote YES ...

Rare albino kangaroo sighted in Australia - Telegraph

Rare albino kangaroo sighted in Australia - Telegraph: A rare albino kangaroo has been spotted roaming bushland outside Australia’s capital, surprising wildlife experts who say such creatures are easy prey and usually die young.

FLASHBACK: Obama: 'I Actually Respect The Constitution'

FLASHBACK: Obama: 'I Actually Respect The Constitution': In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) attended a fundraiser where he blasted President Bush, telling the crowd, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” President Obama, however, has been far less respectful of the Constitution that Senator Obama purportedly was. In fact, Obama has steadily violated a bevy of Constitutional provisions ranging from separation of powers to specific elements of the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments.

Similar words for quittance | Antonymsfor.com

Similar words for quittance | Antonymsfor.com: quittance
Synonyms for quittance

Sense 1
requital, indemnification, setoff.
Sense 2
reimbursement, restitution, amends, indemnity, receipt.
Sense 3
remuneration, reparation.
Sense 4
offset, satisfaction.
Sense 5
redress.
absolution
acquittal, forgiveness.
remuneration
compensation.
reprisal, repayment, delivery, damage, refund, discharge, Recoupment, release, quietus, recompense.

China Claims It's Reforming It's One-Child, Forced Abortion Policy, But is That True? | LifeNews.com

China Claims It's Reforming It's One-Child, Forced Abortion Policy, But is That True? | LifeNews.com
Reports from news outlets across the world today claim China is reforming it’s one-child policy, but is that really the case?
Such reports surfaced every so often as the Chinese communist government attempts to repair its public image abroad, but the reforms either turn out to be untrue or are so minor that they really do nothing to curb the massive human rights abuses associated with the policy and its forced abortions and sterilizations.


Obama building ‘compliant officer class’

Obama building ‘compliant officer class’: As a consequence, he said, the lower grades have decided to leave, having been given the signal that there is no future in the military for them.

Obama building ‘compliant officer class’

Obama building ‘compliant officer class’: According to a veteran Army intelligence official who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity, there is within the armed forces a major concern that a “compliant officer class” is being created by the Obama administration. So much so, he said, that it’s becoming harder to find “senior officers with a pair of balls in there [the military] now that would say no to anything.”

Obama building ‘compliant officer class’

Obama building ‘compliant officer class’: WASHINGTON – The extraordinarily large number of senior military officials being relieved of duty under the Obama administration – nine generals and flag officers this year alone and close to 200 senior officers over the last five years – is part of the creation of a “compliant officer class,” according to a U.S. Army intelligence official.

Interview: Self-Pay Options Offer Americans Affordable, High Quality Health Care

Interview: Self-Pay Options Offer Americans Affordable, High Quality Health Care: Parnell, the author of the book The Self-Pay Patient, which will be released in December, has designed both his blog and his book to be a “users’ guide” to self-pay medicine. In the regularly updated blog, which started in August, readers are able to find doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers whom they can pay directly for services

The Internet Classics Archive | Antigone by Sophocles

The Internet Classics Archive | Antigone by Sophocles: The same as in Oedipus the King, an open space before the royal palace, once that of Oedipus, at Thebes. The backscene represents the front of the palace, with three doors, of which the central and largest is the principal entrance into the house. The time is at daybreak on the morning after the fall of the two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, and the flight of the defeated Argives. ANTIGONE calls ISMENE forth from the palace, in order to speak to her alone.

Michele Bachmann on CNN: ‘I Lost My Health Insurance Under Obamacare’ | Mediaite

Michele Bachmann on CNN: ‘I Lost My Health Insurance Under Obamacare’ | Mediaite

Arkansas, Washington State Reject Obamacare ‘Fixes’ | Mediaite

Arkansas, Washington State Reject Obamacare ‘Fixes’ | Mediaite: Washington will apparently be joined by Arkansas. According to Arkansas Times editor David Ramsey (via the Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff), the state’s insurance commissioner does not plan to allow plans slated to be cancelled to be renewed into 2015.

Arkansas, Washington State Reject Obamacare ‘Fixes’ | Mediaite

Arkansas, Washington State Reject Obamacare ‘Fixes’ | Mediaite: Kreidler said that the nearly 300,000 Washingtonians who received notices informing them of their policy’s cancellation will not be able to access those plans again.

Washington insurance commissioner No insurers uncancel plans

Washington insurance commissioner No insurers uncancel plans: Just hours after President Obama announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled, Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says those changes will not be allowed in our state.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama threatens to veto the measure he just called for

Obama threatens to veto the measure he just called for

Earlier today, I expressed some doubts that Republicans would be able to pull off the political bank shot of introducing a "keep your plan" bill that would have unpleasant consequences for the already ObamaCare-ravaged insurance industry, and would get their fingerprints on the disaster, as Democrats desperately want... while betting that Obama would veto the bill, taking all the political damage without costing Republicans anything.

My apologies to the GOP, because it worked.  Just hours after calling for measures equivalent to the Keep Your Health Plan Act in the House - measures Obama lacks the legal authority to enforce without Congress - and burbling all sorts of promises that he can't wait to work with Republicans to help all those poor people who are losing their insurance plans, Obama threatened to veto the bill.


Obama's Scandals -- and His Media Co-Conspirators - Larry Elder - Page full

Obama's Scandals -- and His Media Co-Conspirators - Larry Elder - Page full: How does President Barack Obama, a man of such keen intelligence, with such promise to "change" America, find himself in so much serious trouble?

Twitter / JMontanaPOTL: So Obama isn't happy? He wants ...

Twitter / JMontanaPOTL: So Obama isn't happy? He wants ...


Twitter / EyeOnPolitics: Obama cites that 1,000,000 ...

Twitter / EyeOnPolitics: Obama cites that 1,000,000 ...


Hillary Clinton in 2007: 'If you have a plan you like, you keep it' | WashingtonExaminer.com

Hillary Clinton in 2007: 'If you have a plan you like, you keep it' | WashingtonExaminer.com: When former President Clinton this week critiqued President Obama's broken promise that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, Clinton was also knocking a similar plan once proposed by another politician: his wife.

Twitter / Libertarian_ish: Great, more people on an already ...

Twitter / Libertarian_ish: Great, more people on an already ...


Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, Scene 5 :|: Open Source Shakespeare                

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, Scene 5 :|: Open Source Shakespeare                : Launce. Because thou hast not so much charity in thee as to
go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?

Obama claims 'enforcement discretion' to make Obamacare changes - Washington Times

Obama claims 'enforcement discretion' to make Obamacare changes - Washington Times: President Obama said Thursday that what’s good for illegal immigrants is also good for people who are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare, saying he’ll use prosecutorial discretion to let companies continue to offer health plans that violate his law.

It’s the latest example of the White House trying to work around Congress and instead take action on its own, and in this case it comes as Mr. Obama seeks to stop a wholesale abandonment of his health law by Democrats who have watched the rocky rollout.

STRINGS OF HYPOCRISY LYRICS - JOB FOR A COWBOY


As if this country was reborn
Birthed and raised in monarchy
Cracked open from its adolescent
And fully disfigured shell
A throne sits in the center
Of government buildings
With a ruler imposing his people
To administer his demands
Elections over-weighed from the unmindful
And incompetent herds of the illiterate
An interbred nation
Suspended from strings of hypocrisy
Eventually to strengthen at the roots
From the predominant union
Held from the palms of their fraudulent
And expanding overlord
For the wrath of God
Has been placed in his power
He cast warfare over the kindred
His military actions compose eradication
And genocide on the Holy and sacred
A cloak hides the identity
Of this leading politician
His speech distorts his
Terminological inexactitude
He remains remorseless
Toward his ongoing success
In his fabricated image
Amongst this crumbling nation
Unaided possessing the entire world
Within his palms
For the wrath of God
Has been placed in his power
He cast war over the kindred
His military actions compose eradication
And genocide on the Holy and sacred
Eventually to strengthen at the roots
From the predominant union
Held from the palms of their fraudulent
And expanding overlord
A throne sits in the center
Of government buildings
With a ruler imposing his people
To administer his demands
Elections over-weighed from the unmindful
And incompetent herds of the illiterate
An interbred nation
Suspended from strings of hypocrisy.

White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans - WSJ.com

White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans - WSJ.com: The move is designed to ease the problem created by the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of policies in recent weeks.

Mark Cuban: personalized health is future of healthcare

Mark Cuban: personalized health is future of healthcare:  

Billlionaire investor Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters and is a regular on Shark Tank, has expanded his interests to personalized health. He is part of a group of investors in mobile health startup, Validic,which raised $760,000 in a seed round. The Durham, North Carolina company has developed a platform to integrate and aggregate data from more than 80 health-oriented apps.
Cuban said this about the investment:
“Personalized health is the future of healthcare…and with the explosive growth of new mobile apps and devices coming on the market, Validic solves a fundamental problem of integrating all those new innovations into the healthcare system. I’m very excited for the future of Validic and the mobile health space.”


Murder, She Wrote - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Murder, She Wrote - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Deadline reported in October 2013 that NBC is planning a "reboot" of the series, starring Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer as a "hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel."



Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW

Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW: Of course, Obamacare never would have passed without decades of massive immigration from the Third World. Liberals didn't change any minds -- they changed the voters. In order to pass Obamacare, Democrats had to bring in the Third World to vote Democratic.

The downside is that the country is now chock-full of people who come from cultures where criminality and government corruption is a way of life -- at the very moment that the country is expanding a government-run health insurance program already shot through with fraud and abuse.

Only confiscatory tax rates can support such a system.

Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW

Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW: Do you think a privately run insurance company would take three years to notice that one-third of its payouts had been obtained by fraud? But with federal programs, there's a powerful incentive not to look for fraud. That would merely vindicate critics of big government!

Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW

Ann Coulter - November 13, 2013 - TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW: Which reminds me, federal health insurance programs have long been a prime target for scammers and con artists.

To much fanfare, in 2006 Medicare announced that only 7 percent of its payments were a result of fraud. Two years later, The New York Times reported that it was actually 31.5 percent -- and that Medicare had aggressively hidden the fraud from outside auditors.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

House Files to impeach U.S. Attorney General Holder | The Conservative Papers

House Files to impeach U.S. Attorney General Holder | The Conservative Papers: WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member that has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.
”This was not a decision that I made lightly. Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued,” Texas Representative Pete Olson, who drafted the articles, said in a statement provided to Reuters on Wednesday.

“The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”

Quote by Jack Kerouac: One day I will find the right words, and they w...

Quote by Jack Kerouac: One day I will find the right words, and they w...: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Mozzie Quotes on White Collar Lexicon

Mozzie Quotes on White Collar Lexicon: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
............................
who were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits on Madison Avenue amid blasts of leaden verse & the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the fairies of advertising & the mustard gas of sinister intelligent editors, or were run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality, (Ginsberg 1-3, 56)

Obamacare | Top 10 Reasons Why I Didn't Sign Up on HealthCare.gov

Obamacare | Top 10 Reasons Why I Didn't Sign Up on HealthCare.gov:

10. There was no app for that

9. Still waiting on my free Obamaphone

8. Link was from a Nigerian prince

7. Got suspicious when it asked for payment in doubloons

6. They used Comic Sans

5. Couldn’t remember my underwear size when they asked

4. No cats

3. Website made by Canadians

2. Panda Cam came back online

1. Obama didn’t

Special Edition: WAKE UP AMERICA! WE ARE ON THE ROAD TO SERFDOM!

Special Edition: WAKE UP AMERICA! WE ARE ON THE ROAD TO SERFDOM!:

Venezuela as an Example

Right now, the socialist strongman that leads Venezuela has tried to remedy the effects of disastrous and destructive Marxist policies by the armed takeover of stores in that country. Venezuela is suffering from shortages of virtually everything. The shortages, inflation (which is above 50%), and other problems are entirely due to government policies and price controls,
The recent takeover has resulted in government-approved theft and looting. Yes, leaders are calling for calm, but they created a situation that essentially turns their citizens into savages. Calling for calm at this point is patently hypocritical.

Taurine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taurine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A study of mice hereditarily unable to transport taurine suggests that it is needed for proper maintenance and functioning of skeletal muscles.[11] In addition, it has been shown to be effective in removing fatty liver deposits in rats, preventing liver disease, and reducing cirrhosis in tested animals.[12][13] There is also evidence that taurine is beneficial for adult human blood pressure and possibly, the alleviation of other cardiovascular ailments (in humans suffering essential hypertension, taurine supplementation resulted in measurable decreases in blood pressure).[citation needed]

Taurine is regularly used as an ingredient in energy drinks, with many containing 1000 mg per serving,[14] and some as much as 2000 mg.[15]

A 2003 study by the European Food Safety Authority found no adverse effects for up to 1,000 mg of taurine per kilogram of body weight per day.[16]

A review published in 2008 found no documented reports of negative or positive health effects associated with the amount of taurine used in energy drinks, concluding that "The amounts of guarana, taurine, and ginseng found in popular energy drinks are far below the amounts expected to deliver either therapeutic benefits or adverse events".[17]

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LYRICS - White Knuckles

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LYRICS - White Knuckles: Rescue the world from slavery

Government report shows more than $150million in U.S. contracts with Afghan companies have gone to groups that back anti-American terrorist attacks | Mail Online

Government report shows more than $150million in U.S. contracts with Afghan companies have gone to groups that back anti-American terrorist attacks | Mail Online: A new investigation has revealed that the U.S. government has paid more than $150million to groups that fund terror attacks against American soldiers.

The findings have been reported by the Pentagon itself as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction compiled a list of 43 such companies who are connected to Taliban leaders who have arranged bombs and attacks on American targets.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Twitter / TheFactsBook: 8 of the top 10 cities with ...

Twitter / TheFactsBook: 8 of the top 10 cities with ...

Process Redesign and Automation: the Chicken and the Egg | HIMSS Blog

Process Redesign and Automation: the Chicken and the Egg | HIMSS Blog: “Reengineer the process first before you automate; or else, you’ll automate a bad process and make it worse.” I’ve been saying those words for the past 20 years.

Americans’ Participation in Labor Force Hits 35-Year Low | CNS News

Americans’ Participation in Labor Force Hits 35-Year Low | CNS News: (CNSNews.com) The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who have a job or are actively seeking one dropped to a 35-year low in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In September, the labor force participation rate was 63.2 percent, but in October it dropped to 62.8 percent—the lowest it has been since February 1978, when Jimmy Carter was president.

If You Bulldoze It, Will They Come? Detroit, Buffalo, and Other Cities Think About Razing Vacant Buildings - Hit & Run : Reason.com

If You Bulldoze It, Will They Come? Detroit, Buffalo, and Other Cities Think About Razing Vacant Buildings - Hit & Run : Reason.com: But it's also clear that private and public sector boosters are always more interested in laying big bets on giant development deals that won't transform a city or region even if they happen to work out perfectly. What makes and keeps places livable and attractive are the smaller-ticket items, such as quality of basic services such as roads, law enforcement, business climate, schools, taxes, and regulations. These aren't sexy items but they are the things that actually keep cities thriving.

Government report shows more than $150million in U.S. contracts with Afghan companies have gone to groups that back anti-American terrorist attacks | Mail Online

Government report shows more than $150million in U.S. contracts with Afghan companies have gone to groups that back anti-American terrorist attacks | Mail Online: A new investigation has revealed that the U.S. government has paid more than $150million to groups that fund terror attacks against American soldiers.

The findings have been reported by the Pentagon itself as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction compiled a list of 43 such companies who are connected to Taliban leaders who have arranged bombs and attacks on American targets.

'It's like the United States government subsidizing the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers,' New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen told ABC News.

Plaque on building at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago

Plaque on building at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago

Bill Clinton: Obama Should Honor His Keep Your Plan Promise

North Korea 'Publicly Executed 80 People,' South Korean Paper Reports

North Korea 'Publicly Executed 80 People,' South Korean Paper Reports: "The regime is obviously afraid of potential changes in people's mindsets and is pre-emptively trying to scare people off," said one website official.

Public executions seen in 7 North Korea cities-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Public executions seen in 7 North Korea cities-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Source tells JoongAng Ilbo 80 people killed for minor offenses

Nov 11,2013 Some 80 people were publicly executed earlier this month in seven cities in North Korea excluding Pyongyang, the first known large-scale public executions by the Kim Jong-un regime, the JoongAng Ilbo reported.

The executions occurred on Sunday, Nov. 3, according to a source familiar with internal affairs in the North who recently visited the country.

The people were executed for relatively light transgressions such as watching South Korean movies or distributing pornography.

About 10 people were killed in each city, which included Wonsan in Kangwon Province, Chongjin in North Hamgyong Province, Sariwon in North Hwanghae Province and Pyongsong in South Pyongan.

In Wonsan, eight people were tied to a stakes at a local stadium, had their heads covered with white sacks and were shot with a machine gun, according to the source.

According to witnesses of the execution, the source said, Wonsan authorities gathered some 10,000 people, including children, at Shinpoong Stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000 people, and forced them to watch.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards.”

The Wonsan victims were mostly charged with watching or illegally trafficking South Korean videos, being involved in prostitution or being in possession of a Bible.

Accomplices or relatives of the executed people who were implicated in their alleged crimes were sent to prison camps.

The reason for the executions wasn’t immediately clear. They seem to have occurred in cities that are centers of economic development, according to a government official.

Wonsan is a port city that Kim is planning to transform into a tourist destination by constructing vacation facilities such as hotels, an airport and a ski resort on Mount Masik.

The idea that executions would be held simultaneously on a weekend in seven cities suggests an extreme measure by the central government to stamp out public unrest or capitalistic zeal accompanying its development projects.

The victims seem to be guilty of crimes related to South Korea - like watching South Korean films - or accused of corruption of public morals, especially sexual misconduct.

North Korean law allows executions for conspiring to overthrow the government, treason and terrorism. But North Korea has also been known to order public executions for minor crimes such as religious activism, use of cell phones and stealing food to intimidate the public.

Some analysts wondered if the executions were related to earlier executions of members of the Unhasu Orchestra, a state-run orchestra that First Lady Ri Sol-ju used to sing in.

On Sept. 21, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported that nine Unhasu Orchestra members were executed for filming themselves having sex and selling the films as pornography.

North Korean authorities launched a probe into the scandal, a South Korean government official familiar with North Korean affairs said, and they found that Ri was also involved in the case.

They executed all of the people involved in the scandal in order to quell any suspicions about her.

When the Unhasu members were questioned by officials, they reportedly said, “Ri Sol-ju also loved to play like us.”

The source said, “As the news that people were brutally killed in public executions spread in the countryside, the people have been spreading rumors that say that Kim Jong-un has started a terror campaign in response to the Ri Sol-ju’s pornography scandal.”

But there were no executions in the capital of Pyongyang, where Kim relies on the support of the country’s elite class. He continues to build luxury and recreational facilities in the capital, such as a new water park.

Ahn Chan-il, a defector-turned-analyst at the World North Korea Research Center, said, “It is the beginning of the Kim Jong-un-style of governance, buying the favor of the privileged class of North Korea in Pyongyang.”

BY LEE YOUNG-JONG [sarahkim@joongang.co.kr]

North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says | Fox News

North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says | Fox News

As many as 80 people were publicly executed in North Korea earlier this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible.
South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported that the so-called criminals were put to death in seven cities across North Korea on Nov. 3, in the first known large-scale public executions by the Kim Jong-un regime.
A source, who is familiar with internal affairs in the North and who recently visited the country, told the paper that about 10 people were killed in each city.
Eight people -- their heads covered with white bags -- were tied to stakes at a local stadium in the city of Wonsan, before authorities shot them with a machine gun, according to the source.
Wonsan authorities gathered a crowd of 10,000 people, including children, at Shinpoong Stadium and forced them to watch the killings.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were (so) riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterward,” the JoongAng Ilbo source said.

Most of the Wonsan victims were charged with watching or illegally trafficking South Korean videos, involvement in prostitution, or possessing a Bible.

Relatives or accomplices of the execution victims implicated in their alleged crimes were sent to prison camps.

There is no clear reason for the executions. One government official noted they occurred in cities that are centers of economic development. Wonsan is a port city that Kim is reportedly planning to make a tourist destination by building an airport, hotels and a ski resort on Mount Masik.

Simultaneous executions in seven cities could suggest an extreme measure by the North Korean government to quell public unrest or any capitalistic inclinations that may accompany its development projects.

The common theme of the persecution was crimes related to South Korea -- like watching South Korean films -- or corruption of public morals, especially sexual misconduct. North Korean law permits executions for conspiring to overthrow the government, treason and terrorism. But the country has also been known to order public executions for minor infractions such as religious activism, cellphone use and stealing food, in an effort to intimidate the public.
Some experts questioned whether the executions were related to earlier executions of members of the Unhasu Orchestra, a state-run orchestra that First Lady Ri Sol-ju used to participate in, according to the report.
“As the news that people were brutally killed in public executions spread in the countryside, the people have been spreading rumors that say that Kim Jong-un has started a terror campaign in response to the Ri Sol-ju’s pornography scandal,” the source told JoongAng Ilbo.

There were no executions in the capital of Pyongyang, where Kim depends on the support of the country’s elite. The young leader continues to build luxury and recreational facilities in the capital, including a new water park.

80 people publicly executed across North Korea for films, Bibles - Washington Times

80 people publicly executed across North Korea for films, Bibles - Washington Times

As many as 80 people were publicly executed across North Korea — some for infractions as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible — in the first known mass executions in the Kim Jong-un regime, South Korean media reported.
People were executed in Wonsan, Chongjin, Sariwon and Pyongsong. No one was put to death in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, UPI reported.
Eight people were tied to stakes at a stadium in Wonsan before they were executed with a machine gun, a source told the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.
About 10,000 men, women and children were forced to watch the killings.
“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were (so) riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterward,” a source told the JoongAng Ilbo.
Most of the victims in Wonsan were charged with watching or illegally trafficking South Korean videos, prostitution, or possessing a Bible, Fox News reported. Relatives of those executed most likely were sent to prison camps.
Simultaneous executions across the country could suggest an extreme measure by Mr. Kim’s regime to quell public unrest. The common theme of the persecution was crimes related to South Korea or corruption of public morals, Fox News said.

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From The Washington Times:

As many as 80 people were publicly executed across North Korea — some for infractions as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible — in the first known mass executions in the Kim Jong-un regime, South Korean media reported.

People were executed in Wonsan, Chongjin, Sariwon and Pyongsong. No one was put to death in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, UPI reported.

Eight people were tied to stakes at a stadium in Wonsan before they were executed with a machine gun, a source told the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.

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